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Helpful (5)

A late phase startup struggling to be profitable. Lots of smart dedicated people with reasonable working hours.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

If you like to Ski, hike some of the best in the country is only 20-30 min from the office and they are in need of many Java developers and QA. You will not get overworked unless you want. The non management employees are all nice people and fun to work with. Most are highly skilled but underutilized. The pay for developers is fair for the middle of the country. - Housing (renting) is very reasonable and very negotiable in SLC area. - Great outdoor activities very close to work - Traffic, what traffic? - Easy to live 10-15 min from office - Great Skiing, Hiking very close to everything. - Everything is 30min away including Park City which is a very commutable distance. - Other tech companies are moving into SLC such as Google, EBay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft

Cons

The company sells its self as a mature company with lots of potential for growth and profitability yet Sr Management is unexperienced and behaves like an early stage startup. An example of this how often they re-organise which is about as often as the wind changes direction. You just might get moved out to SLC and find yourself re-orginized out of a job with no return ticket. The separation is two weeks pay + unused vacation. - Don't sell you house if you are moving to SLC from afar, rent it. - Once you start, forget what they told you during the interview process. They are not looking for any constructive criticism or input for improvement to their systems. Keep your head low, do you job as asked and no more. - If you have not been there for 4-5+ years your an outsider. Remember this. - Vacation time is 15 days but that includes your sick days. Don't get sick or go to work when your sick. - 401k does not start for 6 months - Do not make yourself known at the SVP level. If they don't like you or have a bad day, your gone quicker than a roll of the dice in Vegas. It does not matter how much value you have added in the past. - Winter pollution inversions are just nasty. Worst air in the country for this entire week. - If you have kids the public schools in UT (Other than Park City) are about as bad as they get. So you will have to look into one of the two high end public schools both of which are about $15k/year/child. The other private schools seem to only be a bit better than the public schools but nothing like the schools on either coast and are religiously oriented. - The moving bonus requires you to stay for a year or pay it back. - Most of the upper management have only worked at Overstock or perhaps one other company after getting out of school. They do not understand how the rest of the world operates have have a very ignorant view of it. - Huge culture shock if you are not a member of the XXX Church. - If you are a really smart creative person, you will not have the opportunity to express yourself here. - If you need a job for a year it might be a place to work until the economy gets better. - You might want to not accept any "moving bonus" which would give you the flexibility of leaving when you want.

Advice to Management

There are some very smart people working for you but they are not allowed to challenge the "old timers" without fear of reprisal. This comes from the top down. Several of your upper managers (business and technology) are not qualified to be leading at the level they are at. Promotion from within is a great idea but just because someone has been there for many years does not qualify them to lead. A mature company needs a mature management team which does not make emotional knee jerk decisions. Have an outsider evaluate your Sr management team and help you determine if they are the proper people to run you business. The current team will/is failing you and will not allow you grow as you would like and need.

Other Employee Reviews for Overstock.com

  1. Helpful (2)

    Needs some real help . . .

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good about giving time off, even if there is no PTO available. The people who do regular functions for the company are fun to work with and very competent in their work.

    Cons

    Upper management wants it to be the best company to work for, but a lot of things will have to change before that happens. Extreme culture of nepotism and cronyism. Many cases of "failing up"; employees performing so poorly that they are moved up because no one wants to work with them, consequently, Overstock has very, very poor management. If you are educated, smart or hardworking, and want to advance in a career, avoid Overstock.com like cancer. Unless you are good friends with management, you'll never move up or get paid an appropriate wage. I could write a 1000 page book on what's wrong with this company. It goes without saying, this company will never even make the top 100 companies to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Management at Overstock has a reputation and culture of not taking advice from subordinates. When they say they will, it's all lip service.


  2. Helpful (3)

    What they're doing wrong...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse, plenty of opportunities to grow or try something new, some very good managers, mainly in IT and Merchandising, great people to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    Ridiculous amounts of money spent on moving people, I've heard rumors of 6 figure moves coming up next year and I don't understand the reasoning behind them. It's a huge waste of money the vast majority of the time, and there have been cases where my department has moved one month, only to move back the next! We should have stayed with our 6 floors, but now we may be moving to a warehouse...how much will that area cost to build out, and will that be enough room for us now that we are growing steadily? Management: the vast majority of managers, especially in Marketing, are the WORST when it comes to communicating with their teams, us underlings. Of course when a project deadline is approaching the communication is fine (Get it DONE!), but when moves are coming up, hiring new people, we usually don't hear about it until the day before which is a joke. There are also a lot of people who come up with some great ideas, of course they don't get the recognition for them, their manager or (most often) executive does. This is something I like to call an executive "stab in the back" versus what we should be getting, and executive "pat on the back". One person in particular is notorious for this, but specifics shouldn't be necessary.

    Advice to Management

    TALK to your people, recognize those that actually DO the work, we're all sick of people playing favorites for whatever reason, stop wasting money on needless moves and start planning (realistically) on where we're going to get the space some departments need, I really don't think the warehouse is a good idea.


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